Shtisel and Unorthodox star Shira Haas in new Israeli drama Esau
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Shtisel and Unorthodox star Shira Haas in new Israeli drama Esau

Modern spin on the Biblical story of sibling rivalry between Jacob and Esau and has been adapted from Israeli author Meir Shalev’s novel of the same name.

Francine Wolfisz is the Features Editor for Jewish News.

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Unorthodox actress Shira Haas stars alongside Harvey Keitel and Lior Ashkenazi in a new Israeli drama.

Esau is a modern spin on the Biblical story of sibling rivalry between Jacob and Esau and has been adapted from Israeli author Meir Shalev’s novel of the same name.

Ashkenazi, known for his roles in the Israeli indie hit Foxtrot and alongside Richard Gere in Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, stars as the protagonist, a writer who returns home to Israel to help care for his ailing father, played by Keitel. 

His brother, played by Away actor Mark Ivanir, has married the woman they both loved and taken over the family’s bakery business.

Haas, who broke out in the Israeli series Shtisel, plays the brothers’ love interest in the film, which is directed and co-written by Russian film-maker Pavel Lungin. 

The film will be released on digital platforms and VOD on 1 December.

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